The key issue we face is a lack of available accommodation. Councils have neither the properties nor the means to purchase them and this has left a number of vulnerable adults without accommodation. There is also a major issue surrounding homeless families, but councils often prioritise these cases. The problem of single homelessness can then be neglected and it is developing into a major problem within Birmingham
We have properties specifically for males and females. The accommodation varies around shared accommodation, self-contained flats, en-suite bedsits, studio flats and we also have a 62-bed hostel based in Hockley which is staffed 24-hours per day, 7 days a week. The hostel provides a controlled environment where breakfast and hot meals are provided daily with support staff always on hand to help support the individuals in overcoming their various issues.
The Hostel provides educational courses as well as cookery classes and all the tenants have access to computers for research, CV, bidding etc. All rooms have a kitchenette with a fridge in the room and are fully furnished. The Hostel has been decorated to a high standard in order to give a homely feeling and there is a zero tolerance to alcohol and drugs.
We have realised that with the rules and the support clients have appreciated the facilities that are available to them and work with our staff to make changes to their lives and we have had many cases that have left the Hostel and our homes back into work and private accommodation, we have been successful in their bidding to find council accommodation or to move back with their partners or parents.
Our houses are situated all over Birmingham. The houses are furnished to a high standard and are maintained accordingly as we have our own maintenance teams that purely takes care of our properties.